Outreach & Missions
Outreach & Missions Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Join us!
Gleaning on May 20 was a great success!
What is Gleaning? Gleaning is a food recovery strategy that allows produce that is below market grade, but equally nutritious and beneficial to be harvested and distributed to the food insecure of Palm Beach County instead of being plowed back into the soil. Through gleaning hungry persons get fresh produce that food pantries and soup kitchens could never afford to buy themselves.
On May 20, from 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Good Shepherd will join gleaning efforts with CROS Ministries who is in partnership with the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Farmers donate produce to CROS Ministries they cannot sell. Volunteers gather the produce which is then taken to the Food Bank for distribution to local agencies with feeding program for homeless persons or low-income families. The food is given away free of charge.
CROS Ministries requires that all participants hand in a completed liability waiver prior to participating. For more information about this event, car pooling, helpful hints, frequently asked questions or to print off the liability waiver prior to going to the field, please go to www.goodsheponline.org, and click on the “Gleaning” link. If you do not have internet access, please call Teresa Grashof at 561-277-9922 for information. Sign up is in the Narthex.
Kairos Prison Ministry
(“I was in prison and you visited me”, Matthew 25:36)
Kairos is an ecumenical prison ministry program with the mission to bring Christ’s love to incarcerated individuals by holding retreats within the prison chapel twice a year. For some, this opportunity is the first time they hear of God’s loving forgiveness. This volunteer program is an off-shoot from the Cursillo movement, at the request of the National Cursillo Center, and is supported by various denominations. Our 50 member teams that go into the prison consist of Episcopalian, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Church of God and non-denominational Christians.
In our area, there are two prisons which accept the Kairos Ministry, one is Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) and the other is Martin Correctional Institution (MCI).
If you would like to know more about this ministry, and would like to volunteer for future teams, please contact Jim Couillard or Deacon George Kinard.
Good Shepherd helps families in transition stay together and avoid homelessness by providing meals and support in cooperation with First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta. Watch for the next dates for Family Promise Week.
“Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to helping low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence. This is accomplished by providing shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families and through programs designed to redress the underlying cause of homelessness.” (Family Promise Volunteer Guide)
Options to help include preparing an evening meal, acting as an overnight host or providing something to do on Saturday afternoon. Families are housed at first Presbyterian Church of Tequesta for the week and this time we are especially in need of overnight volunteers to host the families.
Quantum House - Plans are in the works for Good Shepherd volunteers to prepare and serve a dinner for the guests at this house for families with children in the hospital at St. Mary's.
St. George's Dinner Ministry - Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals at the St. George's Center in Riviera Beach. Good Shepherd provides dinner for over 100 hungry people, on the second Wednesday of each month. Info.
Our Little Roses Orphanage - Located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Our Little Roses provides the opportunity for a childhood that all girls deserve – protection from harm; a safe, healthy and loving home; a chance to learn; the dream of a future, and a foundation in faith.
Your responses will help us to gauge interest in various outreach projects, allowing us to plan most efficiently to serve others. A printable form is available with descriptions of many of the items listed above.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
Outreach & Missions Committee oversees and supports several local 'hands-on" ministries carried out by our parishioners.
Our North County Home Delivered Meals Team is looking for two volunteers who can help deliver meals to the homebound in the Tequesta/Jupiter area. The volunteers will share every other Tuesday of Wednesday. The meals, prepared by Jupiter Medical Center, are picked up by the volunteer and delivered. This will take about an hour, or so, of you time and GPS would be helpful. Please contact Anne for more information or call the church office at 561-746-4674.
Want more volunteer opportunities?
Good Shepherd offers a robust selection of outreach projects for any level of involvement. Please select any items from the form below. We will contact you via email with program information.